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Olivier Debure, Director QEP
Amanda Foster, Service-Learning Administrative Coordinator

Eckerd College
4200 54th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33711

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Quality Enhancement Plan

Quality Enhancement Plan

Plans & Reports

Over the course of the Quality Enhancement Plan an annual report is released on the progress of the QEP to share with the campus community. The report details steps taken to achieve yearly goals, describes any changes made to the original plan, and documents key decisions made regarding the QEP.

Summary of Year Three

During the 2012-13 academic year, five Reflective Service-Learning (RSL) courses were offered, all of which produced data for assessment. Across all courses 95 students were enrolled. Courses represented the collegiums of Behavioral Sciences, Natural Sciences, Comparative Cultures, and Creative Arts. Ten community partners were involved.

SLO scores Data from Reflective Service-Learning courses was assessed to determine student learning in QEP outcomes. Eight out of the nine SLOs were measured. Averaging scores across all courses, student learning was notably highest in SLO 3.3a (openness to diverse perspectives), with SLO 1.2a (ability to think critically about an area of service related to the discipline) also ranking somewhat higher than other learning outcomes.

All goals and activities as described in the original plan were successfully implemented on time, although some minor modifications were made to facilitate greater success in RSL courses. Workshop content was revised to best prepare faculty to teach effective RSL courses. In response to last year’s assessment, strong emphasis was placed on the development of reflection activities and prompts. In an effort to eliminate issues with service-learning projects, the Service-Learning Administrative Coordinator accompanied some student groups to agency orientations. The Coordinator also implemented some on-site reflection discussions to bolster community partnerships and enhance student learning.

During year three, recommendations were made to the college’s General Education Committee, transferring lessons from the QEP to a program embedding RSL across campus. A General Education RSL program was adopted, which will engage students in service-learning early on and throughout their college experience. The current freshman class of 2017 will be the first to go through the program.

The third and final cohort of Faculty Fellows was selected during year three of the QEP: Kelly Debure (Professor of Computer Science), Beth Forys (Professor of Environmental Science and Biology), David Hastings (Professor of Marine Science and Chemistry), Davina Lopez (Associate Professor Religious Studies), Laura Singleton (Assistant Professor of Management), Erika Spohrer (Associate Professor of Rhetoric), and Amanda Stiff (Assistant Professor of International Business). These faculty members attended workshops during the spring 2013 semester to prepare for planning and implementing Reflective Service-Learning courses for the upcoming academic year.

Year Three Report

Archive of Plans & Reports

QEP Plan (PDF)
Year One Report (PDF)
Year Two Report (PDF)

QEP Courses

Eckerd is offering 5 new Reflective Service-Learning courses for the 2012-13 academic year.
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